CLINDAMYCIN 300 MG CAPSULES HARD
Active substance(s): CLINDAMYCIN HYDROCHLORIDE / CLINDAMYCIN HYDROCHLORIDE / CLINDAMYCIN HYDROCHLORIDE
because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What it is in this leaflet:
1. What Clindamycin capsules are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Clindamycin
3. How to use Clindamycin capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Clindamycin capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
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1. WHAT CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES ARE
AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Clindamycin capsules with food and drink
The capsules may be taken either before or after a meal.
Clindamycin 300 mg capsules, hard (called Clindamycin capsules in the rest of this leaflet) belong to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat infections.
Clindamycin capsules are used to kill certain serious bacterial
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.
The effects of Clindamycin capsules on the unborn child are
Tell your doctor if you will be breast feeding while taking Clindamycin capsules as the active substance in this medicine may
be passed into breast milk.
Your doctor will decide if Clindamycin capsules are appropriate for you. It is not likely that a nursing infant will take
in very much of the active substance from the milk it drinks.
However, if your baby gets bloodstained diarrhoea or shows
any signs of illness, tell your doctor at once. You should stop
breast-feeding if this happens.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BEFORE YOU USE CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES
Do not use Clindamycin capsules:
If you have been told you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clindamycin (the active ingredient in Clindamycin capsules), lincomycin (another antibiotic) or to any of the ingredients of
Clindamycin capsules (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Clindamycin
• If you have diarrhoea or usually get diarrhoea when you
take antibiotics or have ever suffered from problems with
your stomach or intestines. If you develop severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or after using Clindamycin capsules tell your doctor immediately since it may
be necessary to interrupt the treatment. This may be a sign
of bowel inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) which
can occur following treatment with antibiotics.
• If you suffer from problems with your kidneys or liver.
• If you suffer from asthma, eczema or hayfever.
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
Other medicines and Clindamycin capsules
Some medicines can affect the way Clindamycin works, or
Clindamycin itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time. Make sure your doctor knows if
you are taking any medicines listed here:
• Erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections.
• Muscle relaxants used for operations or hospital procedures.
• Oral contraceptive pills. You should use extra contraception such as condoms whilst taking Clindamycin capsules
and for seven days after your last dose of Clindamycin capsules.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
Driving and using machines
No effects have been reported on the ability to drive or use
machines after taking Clindamycin capsules.
Clindamycin capsules contain lactose, a type of sugar. If
you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
3. HOW TO USE CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Adults and the elderly:
One capsule every six hours.
Use in children:
The usual dose in children is between 3 and 6 mg per kg of
body weight every six hours, depending on the severity of the
infection. Your doctor will work out the number of capsules
that your child should have.
Long Term use of Clindamycin capsules
Your doctor will decide if you are taking Clindamycin capsules
for a long time and may arrange regular liver, kidney and blood
tests. Do not miss these check-ups with your doctor.
Long term use can also make you more likely to get other infections which do not respond to Clindamycin capsules treatment.
If you take more Clindamycin capsules than you should
If you accidentally take too many Clindamycin capsules contact your doctor at once or go to the nearest hospital casualty
Take the labelled medicine package with you, whether there
are any Clindamycin capsules left or not. Do not take any
more capsules until your doctor tells you to.
If you forget to take Clindamycin capsules
If you forget the dose just a few hours late, take it straight
away. If it is nearly time for your next dose miss out the forgotten one. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Clindamycin capsules
If you stop taking the medicine too soon your infection may
come back again or get worse. Do not stop taking Clindamycin capsules unless your doctor tells you to.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Clindamycin capsules can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:
• severe, persistent or bloody diarrhoea (which may be associated with stomach pain or fever). This is an uncommon
side effect which may occur after treatment with antibiotics and can be a sign of serious bowel inflammation.
• signs of a severe allergic reaction such as sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips,
rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body).
• blistering and peeling of large areas of skin, fever, cough,
feeling unwell and swelling of the gums, tongue or lips.
• yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice).
Other possible side effects may include effects on your:
• Nervous system: impaired sense of taste
• Skin: reddening of the skin, skin rash, itching (hives)
• Stomach and intestines: throat ulcers, sore throat, feeling
sick, being sick, stomach pain and diarrhoea
• Blood system: reduced numbers of blood cells (shown on
blood tests) which may cause bruising or bleeding or weaken the immune system
• Liver function: shown by blood tests
• Genital area: inflammation of the vagina
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Clindamycin capsules after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton and the blister foil. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30°C.
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Clindamycin capsules contain
• The active substance is clindamycin hydrochloride equivalent to 300 mg of the active substance clindamycin.
• The other ingredients are:
Capsule contents: lactose monohydrate, maize starch, talc,
Shell: gelatine and titanium dioxide (E171)
Printing ink: Shellac, iron oxide black (E172), propylene glycol.
What Clindamycin capsules look like and contents of
Clindamycin capsules are white/white hard capsules with
markings of ‘CLIN 300’ on the capsule body. They are available
in blister packs of 20, 24, 28, 30, 32 or 100 capsules.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed
Marketing authorisation holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Rivopharm UK Ltd.
30th Floor, 40 Bank Street
London, E14 5NR
ZI de Krafft
Rivopharm UK Ltd.
30th Floor, 40 Bank Street
London, E14 5NR
This leaflet was last revised in 01/2016
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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